If you’re on a tight budget this holiday season, consider giving homemade gifts to your loved ones. With a little help from Martha Stewart, we have a list of handmade gifts that even the un-craftiest individual can pull off beautifully.
Monograms are great gifts that can really personalize a home. All you need is wooden block letters and either ribbon or string that can be attached to the back of the letters to make hanging them up easy. Wooden letters are best to use in this project because it can be painted or covered easier than plastic or acrylic. Plus wood is also cheaper! You can do an array of decoration options for these monograms because the wood letters are a blank canvas. You can dip the letters in glue and then roll them around in glitter to make your loved ones’ initials sparkle.
Specialty candles are other DIY gift option that can make a statement. Martha Stewart’s “dip dyed candles” are eloquent and custom made. If you do not want to use dye to make these candles, you can always place them in a clear glass candle holder and wrap the bottom with fabric. Get your glue gun out and secure the fabric in place. Once everything is in place, you have created a one of a kind gift that will make anyone feel special to have.
Photo gifts are always a hit with family members, especially mom and dad or grandma and grandpa. But you can go a step beyond the usual photo album or picture frame presents and have some fun with modge podge. This is an all-purpose crafting tool. You can use modge podge as glue or apply it on top of pictures to give them a shiny or matte finish. For DIY photo gifts, you can buy a small piece of wood or a small canvas—depending on the price, and then use modge podge as glue to adhere your picture on top. Take the same modge podge again and brush some on top of the picture to give it a matte or glossy finish and blend the edges.
Martha Stewart also suggests “fabric covered boxes” as a great handmade gift to give your family and friends for Christmas. You can buy a plain box from your favorite or closest craft store and staple or glue fabric of your choice to cover it. Being able to give someone extra storage in their home is always a welcomed gift.
All of these DIY Christmas gifts can cost as low as $5-$10. Even if you do not consider yourself a crafter, you can easily execute these projects. Once you get started, you will realize that these gifts can really get customizable because the decoration possibilities are endless. There are so many decoration combinations that will make your gift unique. By putting effort into your gifts this season, you can give your loved ones something straight from the heart.
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